Turistika activities and games, dramaturgy, and the Czech outdoor experience

Authored by: Andrew J. Martin , Ivana Turčová , Jan Neuman

Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138782884
eBook ISBN: 9781315768465
Adobe ISBN: 9781317666523

10.4324/9781315768465.ch29

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Abstract

The Czech educator Comenius (Jan Amos Komenský, 1592–1670) wrote about outdoor experiences and games some 400 years ago. His work can be understood as a basis for the roots of experiential education (výchova prožitkem) and education in nature (Spinka, 1943). Comenius believed in educating the whole person and linking the ideals of the Greek holistic philosophy of education, kalokagathia, involving educating the mind, body and soul through experiences in nature using all the senses. He also believed in the use of games, play and travelling in achieving educational outcomes particularly for improving youth self-esteem and interpersonal relationships (Comenius, 1632/1907).

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